Honda CR-V Interior
Praise is high for the 2007 Honda CR-V's interior feel and features. As Motor Trend explains, "The cabin blends Honda's excellent fit and finish with the simple function CR-V owners will want." According to Kelley Blue Book, "Like most people, the CR-V's proportions have been rearranged a bit by the passing of the years. Unlike most people, the shift here is mostly positive."
From the first step inside the 2007 Honda CR-V, the majority of reviewers sound pleased. "Even getting inside of the CR-V, for instance, takes less effort than either sliding down into a low-slung car seat or climbing high into an off-road capable SUV, with the seating height near perfect for most people's body types," Automobile.com explains. Once sitting, About.com appreciates the LX and EX's cloth seats' "textured, corduroy-like material that's soft to the touch and quite attractive." Although the EX-L offers leather upholstery as an option, New Car Test Drive calls these seats "richer looking and likely more durable, but no more comfortable." It's a popular opinion that the CR-V provides plenty of leg, shoulder, hip and toe room, with Consumer Guide Automotive praising the reclining backseat that provides even more space.
Several reviews favorably comment on the new location for 2007 Honda CR-V's driving controls. Now the gearshift is located on the center instrument panel below the audio system instead of its previous unusual slot beside the steering wheel -- something MSN Autos appreciates as "easier to use."
Also updated for the CR-V are rear seats that can be moved closer or farther away from the front. Most reviews praise this function as family-friendly and convenient, but CNET's reviewers decided to test it using several canines as rear passengers. As they report, "When a couple of the more adventurous dogs tried to join us up in the front seats, they demonstrated that the rear seats do not lock into place. Good work, boy."
The 2007 Honda CR-V seats five passengers, causing reviewers such as the RAV4 has an optional third row of seating, and Mitsubishi has a third row available in the Outlander. Even the smaller Kia Rondo has three rows." Automobile.com defends Honda's decision to leave off the optional third row, writing, "Honda already has the midsize Pilot, however, and didn't see the need to stretch its CR-V to unwieldy proportions in order to fit in a third row, knowing full well that it would not only compromise second row roominess but would merely be useful for the pre-teen crowd anyway."to note the absence of an optional third row. As the periodical reports, this "could put the CR-V at a competitive disadvantage. Toyota's
"Along with standard air-conditioning, cruise [control], and power windows and locks, the '07 CR-V boasts several new driver-friendly items," Motor Week sums up for many. In fact, drivers will find that all 2007 Honda CR-Vs come standard with tilt and telescopic steering columns, a conversation mirror with sunglasses holder, and 12-volt power outlets. White and blue back-lit gauges indicate average fuel consumption, miles to empty, and low fuel.
The 2007 Honda CR-V's Maintenance Minder System is a reviewer favorite. Similar to the tire pressure monitoring system, this device tells drivers when to have standard service performed. As MSN highlights, these are good features, "because studies show many Americans rarely check tire pressures and often put off maintenance for too long."
Stereo and Entertainment
The EX trim comes standard with an XM satellite-radio-capable function that's also available standard on the EX-L along with an AM/FM six-disc in-dash CD player with six speakers and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. EX-L trims have a 270-watt AM/FM six-disc center console CD changer with seven speakers including a subwoofer. The CR-Vs also have a digital audio-card reader.
The 2007 Honda CR-V EX-L trim with the Navigation System has a rearview camera that the majority of reviewers like. CNET's review, however, is among those that find issues with this system, specifically the voice command. "Honda's fabled voice-command system works as well as ever in the 2007 CR-V, but for some reason the system is not hooked up to the air conditioning, so drivers will have to suffer the indignity of having to set the dual-zone climate control with their bare hands," it notes.
Kelley Blue Book says that "like its predecessors, the new CR-V's defining feature is a highly flexible floor plan," as several other reviews also express. The rear seats are 60/40 split and also move forward and flip down, expanding the available cargo room from 35.7 cubic feet to 72.9. Although auto writers like this design, some had difficulty with its execution. Cars.com worries that the straps used to flip the seats are not durable. "They felt strong for the most part, but other automakers use sturdy buttons for such operations instead," the reviewer recalls.
The new dual-deck cargo shelf in the rear of the EX and EX-L is applauded in reviews. As thereveals, the top shelf can hold up to 20 pounds of cargo, and "under it is enough room for grocery bags or a folded baby stroller."
The 2007 Honda CR-V has "storage nooks everywhere," according to U.S. News' Rick Newman and others. All trims have eight cupholders, upper and lower glove compartments, under-seat storage bins and door-pocket storage bins. The LX and EX models still have a pull-up center tray, whereas EX-Ls have a built-in center console with cup- and cell phone holders that the calls a nice touch. Also new this year are double cubby holes over top the glove compartment (replacing the front passenger's small storage shelf in previous models).